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The Chiefs Defense Used Four Big Safeties To Get To The Super Bowl


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AFC Championship – Buffalo Bills v Kansas City Chiefs

 

Spagnuolo deployed six defensive backs more in the AFC championship game than any other team has in a single game2 since he became the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator at the start of the 2019 season. All told, the Chiefs used a 4-1-63 personnel package on an incredible 75 percent of their defensive snaps. But Spagnuolo wasn’t selling out to stop the pass completely. Instead of using three or four smaller cornerbacks to cover Stefon Diggs and the other Bills wide receivers, Spagnuolo trotted out bigger-bodied safeties to hedge his bets and help defend the run — just in case.

 

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-chiefs-defense-used-four-big-safeties-to-get-to-the-super-bowl/

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That’s exactly why we have to get a heavy brutish running game. We were lightweights in the run game. Spags did not respect our run game and he shut down the passing game first, then killed the weak run game along with it. Spags is a brilliant DC. 

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I've been saying that the teams with big bruising RB's will begin to climb the NFL ladder in 2020 for a while. It is going to prove true for the next two years. The NFL is cyclical.

 

The winning NFL teams will employ two types of backs: a pass catching / pass blocking back and a between the tackles powerful back who can find small gaps. 

 

The latter being important to overpower the average NFL DB's and light sized LB's. The vision and speed to hit the gaps are important because as teams shift to pass orientated offense the OL group closer together due to their athleticism the large pile driving OL's are not good for pass block and most teams would rather protect their QB than drive a pile. It's few and far between you'll get an OL that'll do both.

 

The pass block and pass catching RB is someone like Singleterry. He can pass block as good as any RB in the league. He needs to work on his route running and hands. If he can do that he will be a good compliment to a bigger, stronger back. Moss may overtake him for this job, too. But when teams see a Singleterry type back they don't expect a run. They know it's a pass but they can't neglect the RB because a 3 to 4 yard pass to him is just as valuable as a run. 

 

If we had the best, it'd be Henry. Henry would give us the the ability to work the clock, control the opponents opportunity field position a little bit better, and most importantly keep the DB's flat footed to rush the LOS. 

 

St the least, running Play Action needs to make a return

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